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Product Details

  • Paperback: 166 pages
  • Publisher: CreateSpace Independent Publishing Platform (April 2, 2012)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1468110950
  • ISBN-13: 978-1468110951
  • Product Dimensions: 0.4 x 5.9 x 8.9 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (13 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,148,276 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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About the Author

Dave Barnhart is an ordained elder in the United Methodist Church. He earned his Master of Divinity from Candler School of Theology in 1997, and his Ph.D. in homiletics and social ethics from Vanderbilt University in 2004. He is the author of What's in the Bible About Church? (Abingdon, 2009). He lives in Birmingham, Alabama with his wife and son.

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This book is a good study with Biblical references.
David Barnhart
Dave's work is easy to read and accessible, but full of thoughtful, intelligent biblical scholarship.
LadyGlutter
A very good read and I would recommend it to all serious students of the Bible.
Harry Colegrove

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11 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Gigi on May 10, 2012
Format: Paperback
Ironically (or very appropriately), I read this book on a cross country plane ride to Vegas. The text flows easily, and it is written in a way that makes a potentially complex theological discussion very accessible, with close attention to giving scriptural basis for each point. As a Christian, I follow a loving Christ who calls me first to love Him and second to love my neighbor as myself. This book is a must read for all who are weary of hearing a "judge first, love second" gospel preached and those who feel alienated by today's church.
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12 of 14 people found the following review helpful By David Barnhart on April 11, 2012
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I suppose most of us have felt left out on occasion. Imagine a God that wanted no part of you because of your race, ethnicity, or gender. There wouldn't be much you could do about that. You would be on the outside. What if you have same sex attraction? You didn't ask to be born with those feelings, yet that is how you are wired. Christianity has gotten a bad rap in recent years due to outspoken leaders' judgmental approach toward others who are different. Perhaps this book has come along so that those who have felt excluded can find a way toward the Church's inclusiveness modeled by Jesus. He reached out to people the religious establishment shunned. That approach may generate some enthusiasm for becoming a part of the body of Christ. This book is a good study with Biblical references. While the scholarship is top-notch, it is an easy read. I am biased, of course, not just because I have the same name as the author (who is my son), but because I happen to believe that God is the father of us all.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Michael Walsh on July 27, 2012
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While I think the author did a good job with addressing the main emphasis of his title, even more so I think he gave me a much greater appreciation for the writings of Paul. I strongly recommend this book. It's a fairly quick and very enjoyable read that I think a lot of people will gain insight from.
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8 of 10 people found the following review helpful By mezzell on April 27, 2012
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This book has figured out how to look at very historical, old ideals in a fresh & new way. For anyone who is tired of Christianity feeling old, stale and outdated, this book will help change things up. There's plenty of humor mixed with vivid descriptions and historical facts to keep anyone interested. It will definitely make you think.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Harry Colegrove on April 23, 2013
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I found "God Shows No Partiality" to be very thought provoking and challenging. Although I find myself disagreeing with some of his theological viewpoints, Dave Barnhart does an excellent job encouraging his readers to adopt this important point - that God really does not show partiality. A very good read and I would recommend it to all serious students of the Bible.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By LadyGlutter on July 9, 2014
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Dave's work is easy to read and accessible, but full of thoughtful, intelligent biblical scholarship. Dave has a dry wit, a refreshing willingness to discuss the Bible honestly, and an intellectual passion for inclusivity. The book is not boastful or arrogant, although it does challenge assumptions and conventional understandings of the Bible. Dave doesn't come across as self-righteous in his arguments for a radically inclusive, impartial church. Instead, he is refreshingly humble, admitting to his own shortcomings and partiality. He urges us all to remember the importance of this slogan, and how this guiding idea was an overarching theme of the early church. How much more like Christ would we be if we reclaimed this slogan.

This book is a great start to discussing and spreading this idea, because I'm confident that this conversation will come up over and over in different forms, as long as Christianity exists. I have a tee-shirt that says, "God shows no partiality" that inspires a lot of strangers to cheer me and shake my hand, but it also causes a lot of other people great consternation. When Christians take umbrage with the statement, or feel the need to qualify the words with their own personal partiality, it's time to reexamine our own values. The number of times the slogan has been clearly reiterated throughout the Bible, both explicitly and thematically, makes it an impossible statement to simply ignore.

I enjoyed the read, and will read it again in more depth. It's funny, challenging, and addresses important issues facing the church.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By L. Acree on June 14, 2014
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A few other books I've read lately have a similar theme. But this one drives it home like an ice pick. God shows no partiality - and there are no exceptions. I love the author's easy style and how he somehow manages not to offend. Yet he gives you the truth straight - no ice, no water, and no 7-up. He gets you thinking and talking about how amazingly big God's love is.
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